Toronto selects Chad Jenkins 20th overall

June 9, 2009

The Toronto Blue Jays selected RHP Chad Jenkins of Kennesaw State¬†20th overall with their first round pick in today’s MLB draft. Jenkins checks in at 6′4 225 pounds and features a low 90s fastball, solid slider and an above average change up. Most draft projections have Jenkins ending up a number 3 or 4 starter in the major and expect him to rise through the farm quickly.

Toronto’s Top 5 Picks

  1. Chad Jenkins RHP Kennesaw State 20th overall
  2. James Paxton LHP Kentucky 37th overall
  3. Jake Eliopoulos LHP Sacred Heart Catholic HS in Newmarket, ON 68th overall
  4. Jake Barrett RHP Desert Ridge HS Arizona 99th overall
  5. Jacob Marisnick CF Riverside Poly HS California 104th overall

You can follow the rest of Toronto’s picks at MLB.com

MLB Draft goes today

June 9, 2009

The MLB amateur draft takes starts today with rounds 1-3 before concluding on Wednesday and Thursday. College pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg is considered by experts a near lock to go first overall to the Washington Nationals with the only question mark being his representation by agent Scott Boras.

The Toronto Blue Jays posses 5 picks in the first three rounds with the 20th being their first.

This is Shaping up 2B a Real Pitchers Duel

May 7, 2009

Last night, Doc Halladay faced the Angels. Often he is lined up against the number 1 pitcher on the opposing team’s staff. Not the case on this night as he faced rookie, Anthony Ortega. The result… a win!This raised a question that we’ve thought of before but never quite found the best answer for. Why doesn’t this scenario play out more often?

Its more likely our best pitcher will win against the other team’s 4th or 5th starter than it is against their 1st or 2nd. But that rarely happens. Why is Doc facing the other team’s best pitchers more often than not?

Take Doc’s next start as an example of what happens most times. He is due to face AJ Burnett of the Yankees. More or less their number 2 pitcher but the one who has been pitching the best out of the gate this season. Why not line up the Doc against the other team’s lesser lights than their best to ensure a win? Why roll the dice on using our best against their best and perhaps win that game when we’re more likely to win with poorer pitching on the other team and us having our best? The flipside of course is our 4th or 5th starter would have to face the other team’s best. Wouldn’t they bring their “A” game against their best? You would hope so and they likely would.

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Winning is Contagious as only Winning can B

April 16, 2009

10 games into 2009 and the Jays are at 7 wins and 3 losses. 

Amazing what a team can do when there are no expectations isn’t it?

As we were trying to think about what THE story has been for these first 10 games, we really couldn’t narrow it down to just one or two things.

This team is seriously on a roll that has all the team elements feeding off one another.

  • The pitching has been above average on the whole. Coming thru when most needed. Now with Jesse Litsch out at least for the remainder of April, it will be gut check time for the staff. Time to see if the depth we thought we had is really there.
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Not so Great Xpectations

April 9, 2009

The 2009 Toronto Blue Jays aren’t expected to contend. Cito Gaston and J.P. Ricciardi have even come out publicly to state that 2010 is their focus and not 2009. So what is a diehard fan to think of 2009? Are we to just carry on, left much to our own devices? To find hope or find whatever we feel we need to support the 2009 version of the Jays on our own? If those in charge of the team are saying to wait for 2010, what can we see in this year’s team to give us a reason to support them?

With that in mind, we thought about what we would like to see in a contender. What we’d like to see in the 2010 Jays that we don’t see now. Something we’d like to look forward to having. What key ingredients our successful Jays of the future would contain. Of course, solid pitching, hitting and fielding are all important and more or less go without saying. We thought of the on field performance of the team but with an eye for not only the physical part of the game but also with the mental.

Here’s what we came up with:
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